Donald Trump’s Racist Tweets Fly South For GOP Winter

Donald Trump, the clear-cut front-runner for the GOP Presidential Nomination retweeted a show of support from an apparent white supremacy sympathizer, just as The Donald took the stage for his first campaign rally in the all-important state of South Carolina since his overwhelming victory in the New Hampshire Primary.

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The twitter account, which calls itself Donald Trumpovitz and uses the handle @WhiteGenocideTM boasts a potpourri of retweeted racist memes, allegations and a pretty sad infatuation with the fact that there’s not enough white people playing in the NFL.

FOOL ME ONCE, SHAME ON YOU

If this story sounds familiar, however, it’s because you’ve heard it before. Just under three weeks ago, the Trump campaign came under fire for retweeting a photoshopped image of a despondent-looking Jeb Bush holding a “Vote Trump” sign outside of Trump Tower in Manhattan. Yet it wasn’t just any (of the far too many) white nationalist twitter accounts— it was the SAME racist twitter account @realDonaldTrump retweeted last night! Despite the quick removal of the tweet, should the campaign plead ignorance, it would either be the most disingenuous claim of their campaign, or wholeheartedly contradictory to the oft-proclaimed fact that Donald Trump hires “the best” or “the smartest” or “very, very brilliant” people.

Donald TRUMP DRAWS YUGE SUPPORT FROM RACISTS

While there is no direct, mutual relationship between the Trump campaign and varied white nationalist groups, it’s no secret that American racist organizations have become more excited about the Trump candidacy than they have for any candidate since George Wallace ran on a pro-segregation platform in 1968. In fact, in the lead up to Donald Trump’s blowout victory in New Hampshire on Tuesday, white nationalist leaders took to robocalling New Hampshire Republicans. They even operate above board in the perfectly legal American National Super PAC. Their disturbing prerecorded message, which begins with the unambiguous declaration “The American National Super PAC makes this call to support Donald Trump” can be heard in it’s frightening entirety here, and includes such gems as:

I urge you to vote for Donald Trump because he is the one candidate who points out that we should accept immigrants who are good for America. We don’t need Muslims. We need smart, well-educated white people who will assimilate to our culture. Vote Trump.

University of California-Berkley law professor Ian Haney, in his brilliant 2015 book Dog Whistle Politics explains the long, seedy history of politicians using secret “code words” or “dog whistles” to send messages to white would-be voters in an attempt to convey either shared sentiments or an acknowledgement of their fears without publicly appearing politically incorrect — or outright racist. (Think Ronald Reagan has his use of the term “Welfare Queens”) What we’re seeing from the Trump campaign blows any allegations of surreptitious messaging out of the water. The Trump campaign is hiding their racist outreach program in plain site. And the timing couldn’t be more coincidental.

With the campaign moving to South Carolina,  and the so-called SEC Primary set to take place ten days later, the GOP candidates are moving into a region of the country with a vastly disproportionate number of hate groups per million people, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Trump is many things, but stupid clearly isn’t one of them. He knows this is a target-rich voting environment. He knows there are many potential voters in these areas who would much prefer the messages he’s been able to send with little scrutiny to the veiled or polished remarks about Islam, Law Enforcement or Latino Immigration made by his fellow candidates. He knows there’s a bounty of potential voters who have likely never seen the inside of a polling place since they dropped out of high school in the tenth grade. And let’s not pretend this is solely a Southern problem either. Per the SPLC, hate groups operate everywhere – and only represent a fraction of people who hold racist ideologies. There are bigots in Massachusetts and Ohio and California and in the other 48 states yet to vote. They’re getting this signal as well.

These aren’t dog whistles. These are war drums.

Re-Tweet screen capture courtesy of RedState

Ed Hanratty is a Reverb Press contributor and freelance political journalist. A lifelong New Jerseyan, he prides himself on having just enough Garden State sarcasm and skepticism to keep his bleeding heart in check. Keep up with Ed's work and random ramblings on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the links below...but not Snapchat — that's where he's decided to draw the social media line. (For Now)